2/23/13

Simplify Your Time in the Kitchen {with Kids}

My girls love helping in the kitchen. Whether it is holiday baking, making salt dough to play with, or helping us prepare for a party-- they are eager to help.





The kitchen is a great place to apply math and reading skills, problem solve, and learn to make healthy choices. Plus who doesn't like wearing an apron?!

Best Tip for Cooking with Kids...
To keep our time together in the kitchen simple, I like to plan ahead. Gathering the ingredients, pre-heating the oven, and having all the supplies ready to go are essential when cooking with little ones (who also happen to have little attention spans!) Sometimes, depending on the skill level of your helpers, the best recipes are the ones with the fewest ingredients.


On the weekends, it is nice to have extra time. Extra time to lounge around the house, extra time to stay in our pajamas, and extra time to prepare food together. And since breakfast is the girls' favorite meal, it is fun to let them lend a hand.



Keeping it simple in the kitchen makes the time more enjoyable to for us all! So on Saturday, the girls decided they would be responsible for making breakfast. With a little help and a little prep-work on my part, they were able to take over and prepare the meal.


Blueberry muffins were on the menu. The girls worked together to mix the ingredients, fill the muffin tin with wrappers, and pour the batter in the tin. Finally, into the oven they went. Simply done--no stress and fun for them because they felt they 'could do it all by themselves'.


Hot out of the oven, we topped the muffins with our favorite butter.  And just like our time in the kitchen, we kept the butter was simple too.  Land O  Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil is made with just three ingredients: sweet cream, canola oil, and salt. It was easy to spread right out of the fridge.


All smiles in this house. Keep it simple! Whoever said a kitchen full of cooks was bad, has obviously never met my helpers :)


 
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Land O’Lakes for this post. All opinions are my own.

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